Here is what I love about British needlework magazines: they give you stuff!
See? L to R that’s Simply Knitting with a sheep’s head row counter; Cross Stitching with a cute little mouse card kit with a puch-out to insert an embroidered face; and Cross Stitch Card Shop with a card kit featuring a little girl.
I am always scouring bookshops for the latest British magazines. Besides the fun of getting a little kit or a tool ready-to-go, they have a charming smallness of scale that comes from being based in a not-ginormous-like-the-U.S. country. In the past few years, U.S. quilt magazines have started doing “shop hop” issues, which feature stores from around the country. These can be interesting, but, let’s face itâ€”I’m in California and am highly unlikely to ever to hop to most of these shops, which are scattered from Washington to Florida to Maine. But I can imagine a British needleworker reading a British magazine and deciding, “I should visit that shop” and actually going. I know, I knowâ€”it’s not as if every place is Britain is an hour or so from every other place in Britain. But compared to a California-to-Kentucky trek (yes, I would love to someday visit the quilting Mecca that is Paducah), travel within Britain just seems a lot more manageable.
(BTW, see the blue cover sweater on Simply Knitting? I’m thinking it might be just the thing for the two bags of cotton-rayon yarn in a tangerine-lime colorway that I had to buy from I-forget-where because it was only $15 a bag.)
Since I finished teaching my Shakespeare class on Thursday, I spent a good bit of yesterday getting back to more substantial knitting projects. I finished up a piece I’ve been working on for a while now as a gift (pic to come once the gift has been given). Then, I got back to work on the Origami Cardi. I still haven’t found any pictures of individual versions of this project on the web, but Knitting Daily did post a piece about it that includes a side-view photo, which clarifies the construction. This post confirms what I suspected, which is that this sweater knits up loosely, so I’m glad I didn’t go for the largest size for my version.